Numburindi Festival this weekend

TRADITIONAL DANCE: Young Layton getting prepared for dancing, 2017 Numburindi Festival. Picture: Benjamin Warlngundu Bayliss.

TRADITIONAL DANCE: Young Layton getting prepared for dancing, 2017 Numburindi Festival. Picture: Benjamin Warlngundu Bayliss.

A festival is celebrating traditional Indigenous and contemporary arts this weekend. 

For the third year running, Numbulwar is coming together as a community to celebrate youth and culture at Numburindi Festival.

Held over three nights, the unique community-driven event  – 450km from Katherine – celebrates traditional and contemporary arts and cultural practices from four clan groups in Numbulwar: Ngalmi, Nundhirribala, Murrungun and Nunggarragalu. 

From traditional Wungubul performances to award ceremonies, visiting dance groups, arts activities, market stalls and a band night there is something for everyone. 

“Festival activity is particularly focused on inter-generational exchange and mentorship – with the first performance evening focusing on performances by Numbulwar’s young people,” a festival spokeswoman said. 

“As well as performances from local clans, bands and youth acts each night, 2018 programming includes special guest dance groups from Groote Eylandt and Bickerton Island. 

“Day time activity includes a community marketplace, bush tucker and youth activities in Joshua Park.

“This year will also see Numbulwar Roper Gulf Regional Council staff kick off sports activities with a Women’s and Men’s basketball competition.”

This year’s festival is showcasing the first stage of Artback NT’s ‘Community Festivals in Dialogue’ project.

Supported by the NT Government, this strategic arts project sees Community Festival Directors and key creatives attending other festivals across the Territory to promote dialogue, collaboration and exchange.

At Numburindi Festival 2018, director’s Ella Geia and Grant Nundhirribala will host visiting Artistic Directors from the Malandarri Festival in Borroloola and the Milingimbi Gattjirrk Cultural Festival in Milingimbi.

The free festival is family friendly and alcohol free event. 

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